We need a solution to the immigration crisis. The country not only has the right to protect our borders, it has a responsibility to do so. And yet, we must retain the inviting motto etched in stone below the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” I believe there is a solution that can accomplish both goals.
We must balance our budget and get our spending under control. Utah is the poster child to the nation of how to be fiscally conservative. As a state, and as individual cities, we run under a balanced budget. We teach our children to live within a budget. We emphasize financial education in our schools. Yet, when it comes to the nation, we toss the notion of a balanced budget aside and spend as though we have an endless supply of funds. We need to bite the bullet and eliminate entitlements. We need to step back and start from scratch and use what is referred to as zero-based budgeting. Every department needs to justify every program from the bottom up. And then we need to cut, and cut until we are not only living within our means but paying down the debt and saving money for a rainy day.
We need to protect our military bases, not only here in Utah, but throughout the nation. We have to appropriate the amount of funding necessary to not only maintain the assets we presently have but to ensure we have the ability to protect our nation and take the fight to our enemies when the need arises.
It is time to rebuild and reimagine our infrastructure. Congress needs to unite and produce an infrastructure package that will allow for partnership with cities and towns and invest in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.